Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It usually means thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours It has many more health benefits than regular noodles and can be found in most health food stores and organic sections of supermarkets. If you are using them, and you have cooked them and aren’t using them right away, rinse them again in warm water until they separate, otherwise they will be very sticky and one clump.
These muffins are addictive, moist and perfect in every way. If you want them to be more dessert-y add the chocolate chips. If you want them to be more breakfast-y then leave out the chocolate.
Za’atar is a spice blend that is available in most supermarkets. It is unique in flavor, but not overpowering when used in moderation. Sumac is a less popular spice that comes from a flower and can be found in many supermarkets and all spice shops.
Make a batch of lentils up to 4 days in advance and whip this dish together in 5 minutes! If you are not a cilantro lover, feel free to substitute it with fresh mint, basil, dill or parsley.